Friday, November 14, 2008

Fun with GIMP

Google "Mathmap" or "Droste effect" to find the plug-in I used to generate this. There's a whole bunch of photos like this on flicker from the creator of the filter.

From Digitally manipulated

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I went to AZ and all I got was this lousy boot

From AZ- June 2008

Slowly working through my photo in-box. Now I'm done through June!

St. Bartholomew

This might be my favorite picture from Italy.

From March 21st (Milan)

Michelangelo's "David" was my favorite piece of art, but we weren't allowed to take pictures (which don't do it justice, anyway).

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Penultimate Italy

Only one more day of photos to go through!

From March 17th (Florence)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

It's over

I really appreciated McCain's concession speech. I thought it was very gracious. Where was that McCain for the last year or so?

From Yes We Can

I hope (but do not expect) that if anything is learned from this cycle it is that attack 24/7 is not a good strategy. I also hope we never see someone as unqualified as Palin on a ticket again. My understanding is that McCain actually wanted Senator Joe Lieberman as his running mate, but his advisers nixed the idea because they thought Lieberman's pro-choice stance would depress the republican base (read: evangelical christians) turnout.

Palin thought she didn't need prepping or coaching, and she's right, she needed a freaking education--over-handling was not really her problem. On the other hand, I think McCain really was over-handled, that if he run the campaign the way he wanted and not how his advisers recommended, he would have done much better.

Hopefully the republicans can come up with someone as inspiring as Obama in the future, but I don't really expect them to.

And finally, I hope (and for once do expect) that Obama will be a good president.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

We saw history

From Yes We Can

Exciting post with pictures yet to come

But first it's time to announce a new pet peeve. I've heard the word "enormity" misused about a dozen times in the last 20 or so hours, and it's really getting to me. "Enormity" does not just mean "largeness," "greatness," "bigness" or "hugeness"-- it refers to a great EVIL. E.g., The enormity of the concentration camps was not fully understood until after WWII was over. Look it up!

(ranting aside, I only learned this within the past year or so, and enough people are similarly misinformed that in the next few years the definition of the word will change. But in the meantime, will everyone please stop using this word to refer to the ascendancy of the new president-elect!!!!)

Monday, November 3, 2008


<p><strong>><a href=''>2008 Election Contest: Pick Your President</a></strong> - Predict the winner of the 2008 presidential election.</p>

What's your guess? Also, see the conversation on my endorsement post from a bit ago.